Just under 30 young swimmers from across the Northeast region came together on November 1-2, 2014, for the third of our Regional Age Group camps. We were very pleased to be joined at this camp by one of Canada's best up-and-coming distance and open-water swimmers, Eric Hedlin, who trains out of the High Performance Centre in Victoria.
Eric spoke to the swimmers about his progression from being a slightly-above-average age group swimmer, who nonetheless just loved to swim and loved to compete, to being one of the most tireless trainers on the National team. While he had some setbacks this past season, his infectious enthusiasm for the sport came across to the swimmers and he clearly enjoyed interacting with them throughout the course of the camp.
As usual at these camps, Regional Coach Mike Flegel led the swimmers through stroke and technique progressions of all four strokes, as well as spending time working on starts and turns. The "big ideas" of the camp - Body Position/Balance, Anchor/Catch, Acceleration of pull, and Arm (not hand, not forearm) Recovery - were developed through all four strokes, also keying in on the proper mechanics and timing of the "fifth stroke" - underwater fish/dolphin kick.
The swimmers also enjoyed a running clinic from TeamBC Athletics Coach, Cathy Johnson, as well as a nutrition presentation with Elaine Paetkau, and then a session on mental performance skills.
We were very fortunate to have CSI-Pacific video analyst, Graham Olson, on hand throughout the camp as well to deliver continuous underwater video feedback to the swimmers. As well, he captured video of the timed 25m underwater kick, the results of which are compiled here along with the results from all of the other Regional Age Group camps we've done this year.